#MYTYogaNidra

TODAY kicks off the National Sleep Awareness Week.  

We're going to highlight the benefits of Yoga Nidra as a form of yogic sleep. Yoga Nidra is one of Mindful Yoga Therapy's five tools in our toolbox. The other four include: Pranayama, Asana, Meditation, and Gratitude. What makes Yoga Nidra so special is that it can be a more effective and efficient form of rest and rejuvenation than conventional sleep. The total relaxation achieved in a Yoga Nidra session is equivalent to hours of ordinary sleep.

We reached out to our MYT graduates to see what their thoughts are about this ancient practice. Here are Jennie G's thoughts on Yoga Nidra.

What is Yoga Nidra? Translated literally from the Sanskrit, we arrive at the term “yogic sleep,” yet the practice of Yoga Nidra is not sleep. Though it is extremely relaxing, it holds so much more for us than simple stress relief. So, what exactly is this practice, and how can it help us reach our inner potential to live calm, joyful, and contented lives?

Yoga Nidra is a tantric practice based upon the knowledge of the channels (nadis) between the body and the brain. Using pratyahara (sense withdrawal), the deeper recesses of the mind may be accessed via sushumna nadi (the central channel). These depths house the root of our habitual thoughts and behaviors, from which grows the very framework of our minds. In this way, the practice holds undeniable potential to affect positive change.

In Yoga Nidra, the practitioner is guided along a path of progressive awareness, moving from one body part to another, in a sequence proven to calm the body. The act of calming the body also quiets the mind and opens a space of stillness between consciousness and sleep. In this space, our minds are much more receptive to our chosen intention or resolve (sankalpa), which we set in place at the beginning of each session.

The practice of Yoga Nidra makes it possible for us to correct patterns in the brain which do not serve us on our journey through life. By spending time in the fertile threshold between waking and sleeping, we begin to remove obstructions from our minds, allowing freedom and growth to occur. Through this practice, we begin to truly live in harmony with our ideals.

During National Sleep Awareness Week, why not see what Yoga Nidra can bring to your life?

Peace and Love,

Jennie

 

We would love to hear about how you use yoga nidra, meditation, yoga etc...to help you sleep. You can either use the hashtag #MYTYogaNidra, tag us in your post and/or send us an email (c.eder@mindfulyogatherapy.org) and we'll add it to our blog.


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Mindful Yoga Therapy in the News - Cincinnati

Jennifer Wright teaches yoga to Veterans in CincinnatiOnce again, the Mindful Yoga Therapy program is gaining recognition in the news... In Cincinnati, Jennifer Wright is making mindful magic happen, helping veterans in the Veteran Court system.

Here she is being interviewed by Deborah Dixon of Cincinnati Local 12 News.

Local veterans with post-traumatic stress and other problems are learning how to deal with anxiety, depression and addiction in a peaceful way....

Mindful Yoga Therapy in Cincinnati

Ohio is the third most heavily recruited state in the nation, and home to over one million Veterans in addition to thousands of civil servants and active duty military members. Since introducing Mindful Yoga Therapy to Cincinnati and the surrounding communities, our programs have grown to support Veteran and active duty personnel ranging from Dayton to Northern Kentucky. Jennifer Wright leads a Mindful Yoga Therapy class at Tier 2 in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati programs represent a key part of the thousands of Veterans across the nation that are now served through Mindful Yoga Therapy. Led by Jennifer Wright Schneeman, Director of Holistic Health at  REAL Human Performance. Mindful Yoga Therapy programming is now being offered at the following Cincinnati locations:

  • REAL Human Performance Wellness Center, a facility that offers holistic fitness, performance and defense services to the general population and veteran community (about a 60/40 split).
  • Veterans Court in Cincinnati, where Mindful Yoga Therapy classes were introduced in April 2014.
  • VAMC-Fort Thomas, where Mindful Yoga Therapy is offered as a complementary therapy in the eight-week TBI/PTSD Residential program, in conjunction with Cognitive Processing Therapy.
  • Joseph House - Marx Recovery Center in CincinnatiThe Joseph House, a shelter for homeless Veterans located in downtown Cincinnati. The “JH” is certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to offer housing and in-patient chemical dependency treatment, out-patient treatment and reintegration support in the Ready & Forward program. As part of the VA's Community Outreach Division, the Joseph House's Marx Recovery Center strives to meet the needs of homeless Veterans suffering from addiction and other co-occurring challenges by providing the needed holistic support.REAL Human Performance's trained Mindful Yoga Therapy instructors work in conjunction with mental health professionals and the clinical team to maintain a commitment to a sustainable recovery and to thrive within the community.

Earlier this year, REAL Human Performance received a supply grant from the Give Back Yoga Foundation in support of the Mindful Yoga Therapy program in Cincinnati. Through free Mindful Yoga Therapy practice guides and yoga mats and blocks generously donated by Gaiam, the grant helped to jumpstart new programs for inpatient residential Veterans.

The Cincinnati MYT team is positioned to implement additional programs across the Tri-state area, and are working to establish clinical studies to quantify the benefits observed in conjunction with clinical treatment. For more information, please call Jennifer Wright, REAL Human Performance Director of Holistic Wellness, a 513-271-0380

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Join the team: enroll in our upcoming Mindful Yoga Therapy training at REAL Human Performance on October 24-16, 2014.